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J.J. Hardy back in Baltimore lineup Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Orioles power-hitting shortstop J.J. Hardy has returned to the lineup for the Wednesday night game against Toronto after missing two games with a hamstring tweak.

Hardy has been inconsistent this season. He has four multi-hit games and five in which he has been hitless. It all adds up to a 256/.267/.302 stat line. More troubling is that he has yet to homer in 43 at-bats.

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Nate Eovaldi settles for another no-decision
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Marlins starting pitcher Nate Eovaldi took a third straight no-decision Wednesday at Atlanta. Though, he did pitch well enough for the win.

The right-handed hurler allowed one unearned run on five hits and one walk, while striking out seven in six innings. Unfortunately, opposing pitcher Aaron Harang was equally as impressive, allowing one run and striking out 11 in six innings.

Eovaldi ran into a little trouble in the first inning, allowing a leadoff single and a one-out walk to Freddie Freeman, but he escaped the jam unscathed.

The Braves got their only run against Eovaldi in the fourth inning. Ryan Doumit had an RBI single after Chris Johnson reached on an error and moved up to second base on a wild pitch.

Eovaldi was in line for the loss until Miami tied the game in the sixth inning. He's allowed just one earned run in his last two starts. Eovaldi will make his next start Wednesday in a rematch with the Braves.

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Sam Fuld in, Aaron Hicks out of Wednesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Newly acquired center fielder Sam Fuld will make his Twins debut Wednesday night at Tampa Bay. He is set to replace starter Aaron Hicks in the lineup.

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Adam LaRoche only misses one game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche rejoined the starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels after missing Tuesday's game due to sore quadriceps. LaRoche doesn't have a multi-hit game in his last nine appearances, batting .219 (7 for 32) in that span.

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Shane Victorino remains out Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The hamstring injury that has kept Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino sidelined all season will keep him out at least one more game. He is not in the lineup for the clash against the archrival Yankees on Wednesday night.

It had been speculated that the team would eschew his activation in favor of calling up a reliever to aid an overused bullpen. The Red Sox indeed promoted Alex Wilson.

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Manager: Grady Sizemore best-suited for lower in lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

John Farrell said Wednesday that slumping Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore could be destined for the fifth, sixth or seventh spot in the lineup, WEEI.com has reported.

Sizemore has batted leadoff in each of his last four games and has been placed either there or fifth in every lineup since April 5. But he has struggled mightily since a two-hit game on April 9 raised his batting average to .343. He has one hit in his last 26 at-bats since and has struck out five times in the last four games.

Farrell is hoping to keep Sizemore in the same spot. "Lineup continuity ... is a priority," he said. "That's been hard to accomplish."

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Rafael Furcal to spend a week at Double-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said second baseman Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will spend about a week playing for Double-A Jacksonville on his rehab assignment.

"He'll play (Thursday)," Redmond said, per MLB.com. "I think the plan for him, as of right now, is to be [in Jacksonville] for a week."

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Neftali Feliz leaves Round Rock with soreness, fatigue
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Rangers are stating that right-handed reliever Neftali Feliz will return "soon" to Triple-A Round Rock despite general soreness and fatigue that have caused him to leave the team, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported.

Feliz pitched horribly in spring training to earn a ticket to the minors. He had been competing for the closer job.

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Shoulder issue keeps Matt Albers out Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Right-hander Matt Albers remained unavailable for the Astros on Wednesday with a shoulder ailment. He had been deemed questionable for the game.

The reliever is off to a flying start this season with just one earned run given up in 10 innings pitched.

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Carlos Marmol leaves Wednesday's game due to injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Marlins reliever Carlos Marmol had to leave his outing in the seventh inning Wednesday against the Braves because of a right hamstring strain. He is listed as day to day.

Marmol faced three batters before having to leave the game. He got Gerald Laird to ground out and Justin Upton to strike out before issuing a two-out walk to Jason Heyward. After the Heyward walk, Marmol was lifted from the game and replaced by Mike Dunn, who got Andrelton Simmons to strike out to end the inning.

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